Atlético defender and vice-captain Luis Amaranto Perea broke the news that he will likely be departing his club of eight seasons at the end of the current campaign.
The Colombian, who breaks the record for the foreigner with the most caps at Atlético with each appearance, having surpassed Argentine Jorge Bernardo Griffa’s record of 291 matches in red and white last November, announced his impending exit at the Vicente Calderón on Thursday during the Europa League’s Media Open Day event.
“I’m leaving the club,” the centre-back told reporters in attendance at the Calderón’s press area.
“I can’t say anything more about it, but it would be nice to say goodbye winning the Europa League. When I arrived, I never thought that I would become the foreigner with the most matches, but the time passed by and the games added up.
“I’m very happy for everything I’ve experienced here.”
Perea, who currently stands at 314 caps with Atleti, went on to speak about our upcoming Europa League final opponents.
“To beat Athletic will have added value,” he said.
“They are a great team, with a deep squad, that play a very vertical style of football and that have Llorente, a striker very difficult to defend.
“There is no favourite. With the passing of the minutes, we’ll see who dominates the match.”
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